Did You Know? Removing or Destroying Candidate Signs Can Land You in Jail
First of all, you'd have to catch somebody in the act, get their picture or otherwise identify them. Then the process would begin. But we were surprised to hear the penalty can be that stiff. These signs were vandalized during the last election cycle in 2016 outside of Pasco.
A West Richland City Council candidate is not amused that a large number of her signs were either destroyed, stolen, or scattered on Bombing Range Road between Keene Road and Holly Way during the last week.
Kate Moran said about 150 signs were ordered for her attempt to get on the West Richland City Council, at a cost of about $8 apiece according to YakTriNews.com.
She says she and her opponent are on good terms, so it's not believed somebody working on the other campaign did it. She does plan, however, to call police if it happens again, according to YakTriNews.com
What was surprising is that state law says someone who is convicted of destroying, damaging or removing a political campaign sign without permission can face up to 90 days in jail, or up to a $1,000 fine. It's considered a misdemeanor. Depending upon the severity of the offense, they could even receive a combination of the two.
Most people attribute candidate sign removal or destruction to vandals who simply see them as a target of opportunity. But be careful. If you're spotted, it could cost you dearly.